The Road Less Traveled

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The Daily Post had a Daily Prompt today called The Road Less Traveled, and this is what it said:

Pinpoint a moment in your past where you had to make a big decision.

Write about that other alternate life that could have unfolded.

And this is my response:

Back when I was in high school during the wars I was going to possibly join the military part-time, do my recruit training during the summer break, and then finish my last year of high school before going full-time with the military.

I had a physical scheduled to see if I would qualify physically and mentally to join the military, I was going to go to it after school, but my mom cancelled it without telling me; and she stopped me from joining the military, and so I was angry when I returned home from school that day to find out that she had done this.

I eventually stopped being angry with my mom about it and I apologized, I understood why she did it, and I think that she made the correct decision at the time; but my life would definitely be a lot different now if things had went differently whether bad or neutral or good.

Here are three main possible scenarios that could have happened if my mom had not stopped me from joining the military during the wars while I was still in high school:

Negatives Scenarios

I get seriously injured and/or killed in the wars, I end up doing and supporting things that I do not believe in or agree with during and after the wars, I end up hurting people and the world instead of helping it, I end up not liking or fitting in with military life or wars, I end up with mental and emotional and physical problems because of the wars, and more.

Neutral Scenarios

My overall military experiences and experiences during the wars are a combination of negative and positive and neutral experiences that leave me more neutral, a more average military experience and more average experiences during the wars, and so there is more of a balance between the good and bad experiences leaving me feeling neither too negative nor too positive.

Positive Scenarios

I overall enjoy my military experiences and experiences during the wars, I do things that I agree with and believe in and like and that help people, and those experiences and my training leave me better prepared for life overall and better set for life overall to support myself and my family and help others.

The end,

-John Jr